Three of the four South Carolinians trying to unseat U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham made a stop in Rock Hill Tuesday for a town-hall style forum before conservative voters.
State Sen. Lee Bright, Richard Cash and Bill Connor took 90 minutes answering audience-submitted questions, making a concerted effort to distance themselves from the two-term sitting Senator.
Cash, a corporate computer analyst from Anderson County, said one of the major differences between himself and Graham is his approach to moral issues.
“Senator Graham is just not a leader on these [moral] issues,” Cash said. “I appreciate the fact that he’s introduced a bill and brought abortion into the discussion. But here’s the thing: It’s not going to take me 19 years to stand up and speak up. I’ll be doing that from day one.”
Connor, a layer and retired infantry solider in the U.S. Army, focused on military and foreign policy issues. He said he disagreed with Graham’s stance on policy in Egypt.
“It will be American interests first… Senator Graham was grandstanding and went to tell General SiSi and the Egyptian military to bring the Muslim Brotherhood back in the process,” Connor said. “I wouldn’t do that.”
While Bright, a sitting S.C. Senator from Spartanburg, deflected Graham’s efforts in Washington to compromise.
“When we compromise, one party gets something they want and the other party gets something they would like to have,” Bright said. “When Lindsey Graham compromises, the Democrats get what they want and we don’t get anything, other than saying there was a deal.”
Nancy Mace, an entrepreneur from Charleston, declined an invitation to attend the form, as did Graham, according to the Rock Hill GPS Conservatives for Action.
All five will appear before voters next summer in the GOP Primary.